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article imageIllegal rave in London turns violent as police storm building

By Kev Hedges     Oct 31, 2010 in Crime
London - Seven people have been arrested after an illegal rave in London was broken up by riot police which then turned nasty. Battles with police and ravers ensued and calm was eventually restored but not until 0930BST this morning.
A suspected illegal rave was being held in a building in High Holborn, Central London. It was attended by over 500 youths. Police were called to the disused building which is bordered by High Holborn, Museum Road and New Oxford Street, at 2320 BST. But when they arrived they were met by a hail of bricks, bottles and other missiles as they attempted to disperse the Halloween revellers, many in fancy dress costume.
The building the revellers were occupying was an eight storey disused building and when police attempted to move the party goers on, they became aggressive. Several riot squad officers from the force's Territorial Support Group were then called to the scene.
A police officer was injured and needed hospital treatment to a head wound and three other officers were treated at the scene for injuries after bottles were thrown at them also a party reveller, a woman in her thirties was despatched to hospital after she became embroiled in the mayhem and needed treatment to a face injury. The Mail online also reports that some of the officers were terrified and had initially stood back and watched in the hope the revellers would become tired and just go home.
The rave continued into the morning, until around 0930BST with deafening hard techno pumping around the surrounding streets. Police have generally kept their distance whilst the sun came up and during the morning several tourists have joined in the rave.
One raver said it was the police who were spoiling the fun saying, "They wouldn't let people in and then just started hitting people. I was on the floor and they kept on hitting me"
Several roads around the building were closed and traffic chaos has ensued. Tourists are now flocking to the scene and some are attempting to join in the rave but police are not admitting any further revellers entry into the building and hoping those still present will just tire themselves out and go home.
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